We are happy to welcome a delegation from the Syrian Arab Republic in Moscow led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Walid Muallem. Following a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, we held intense talks with Mr Muallem.
On 26 November, a Russian Emergencies Ministry aircraft delivered to Amman, Jordan, a Gaza-bound humanitarian cargo of medicine and medical equipment upon the Russian Government’s decision in response to the Palestinian Authority’s urgent appeal as the situation in Gaza is more dramatic than ever due to the Israeli military operation of July-August.
Russia is determined to continue comprehensive assistance to Palestine to improve its population’s life and address burning social and economic problems.
With great concern we are following the tense situation in Ferguson, Missouri, where mass protests in connection with a court ruling to drop charges against the police officer who shot an 18-year-old African-American, Michael Brown, on 9 August are continuing for the third straight day.
On 23 November, a suicide bomber blew himself up amid a crowd of spectators at a volleyball match in the Yahya Khel district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province, killing more than 60 people and wounding dozens of others.
The attack, which followed the Afghan parliament’s approval earlier in the day of a security agreement between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the United States and of the status of NATO forces in Afghanistan after 2014, clearly stands in contrast to the optimistic assessments by ISAF and NATO representatives of the security situation in the country.
On 23-24 November, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attended a series of events that included the foreign ministers of the six mediator countries (the UK, Germany, China, Russia, the United States and France) and Iran, as well as EU representative Catherine Ashton.
They discussed the negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme and noted the progress, adding that they had not yet reached the point where a final agreement could be made. They also approved subsequent measures towards an early and comprehensive settlement.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry met in Vienna on 24 November for a detailed analysis of further steps toward an early and comprehensive settlement of all issues connected with the Iranian nuclear programme.
On 24 November, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi met in Vienna.
The ministers compared their positions on the key issues of ongoing talks to settle the situation concerning Iran’s nuclear programme, and saw prospects for a compromise.
On December 1, 2014 the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the U.S. in cooperation with The American Institute of Energy Efficiency is hosting the conference on "Russian-American Energy Resource Development: Current Status, Future Steps". The event is dedicated to a global outlook on energy development, technological challenges and logistics and transportation issues between Russia and the United States.
On 21 November, a phone conversation between Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, was held at the initiative of the American party.
The foreign policy chiefs discussed by phone prospects of reaching a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear program and noted the necessity to seek political and diplomatic ways out of the crisis in Syria.
It was stressed that it is necessary to make additional efforts to reach specific agreements within the terms that were agreed earlier.
On November 21, in Moscow Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov had talks with His Royal Highness Prince Saud al-Feisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In the course of the meeting the two ministers discussed bilateral relations, including ways and means of promoting these relations. They called for activating the work of the joint bilateral trade and economic commission and other mechanisms of bilateral cooperation.
In an interview with a local radio station on 20 November, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė once again broke out into what have become her traditional rude attacks against Russia, this time going as far as calling our country, in the context of the Ukrainian events, a “terrorist state.” She also bluntly called for providing support, including military aid, to the current Ukrainian regime, saying that if the “Russian aggression” is not stopped, then the “aggression” could spread across Europe and beyond.
Russia consistently stands for cooperation with the United States based on the principles of equality, mutual consideration of interest and noninterference in each other’s internal affairs.
The relations with the U.S. remain the most important factor in ensuring international security and stability. The key elements of Russia-U.S. cooperation are outlined in the Moscow Joint Declaration on New Strategic Relationship of 2002, Russia-U.S. Strategic Framework Declaration of 2008, as well as in the Joint Statement by President Putin and President Obama during their meeting in Los Cabos in June, 2012.
Cultural relations are developing dynamically. In 2013, Washington, New York and other American cities hosted successful performances of the Mariinsky Theatre of Opera and Ballet from Saint-Petersburg, famous Russian baritone Dmitry Hvorostovsky, pianist Evgeny Kissin and many others.